Before today, the only things we knew about Kazakhstan were 1) it’s the largest landlocked country in the world, and 2) whatever it was that we learned from Borat. However, we now know one more fact about Kazakhstan: it’s home to one of the worst soccer pitches we’ve ever seen (as evidenced by this recent match between Ekibastuz and Almaty of the Kazakhstan League). Now, we know that soccer matches get called off at all levels due to waterlogged pitches, but the key words there are “called off”. Watching players take corner kicks out of what amounts to a small pond is no fun for anyone. Next time, perhaps let the water pump do its job, and reschedule the game. Or, in this case, maybe just rebuild the field.